JOINT JAPAN/WORLD BANK GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

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The World Bank’s Development Economics Vice Presidency (DEC) provides scholarships to students and young researchers, contributing to the World Bank’s mission of forging new dynamic approaches to capacity development and knowledge sharing in the developing world.

It is an important component of the World Bank’s efforts to promote economic development and shared prosperity through investing in education, capacity building, and developing human resources in the developing world.

Since 1982, the DEC’s scholarship programs have helped to form a pool of over 6,000 well-trained and experienced development professionals and scholars, transforming their countries and positively impacting future generations.

Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJWBGSP): Since 1987, JJWBGSP has enabled more than 6,000 mid-career professionals from 160 developing countries and Japan to complete graduate degrees in development-related fields. On an annual basis, the Government of Japan solely funds the JJWBGSP.

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) is open to citizens of certain developing countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts who are applying to a master degree program in a development-related topic.

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COUNTRIES ELIGIBLE FOR JJWBGSP SCHOLARSHIP IN 2022

AFGHANISTAN

ALGERIA

ANGOLA

ARMENIA

AZERBAIJAN

BANGLADESH

BELIZE

BENIN

BHUTAN

BOLIVIA

BURKINA FASO

BURUNDI

CABO VERDE

CAMBODIA

CAMEROON

CAPE VERDE

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

CHAD

COMOROS

CONGO, DEM. REP.

CONGO, REP.

CÔTE D’IVOIRE

DJIBOUTI

DOMINICA

EGYPT, ARAB REP.

EL SALVADOR

ERITREA

ESWATINI

ETHIOPIA

FIJI

GAMBIA, THE

GHANA

GRENADA

GUINEA

GUINEA-BISSAU

GUYANA

HAITI

HONDURAS

INDIA

INDONESIA

IRAN, ISLAMIC REP.

IRAQ

KENYA

KIRIBATI

KOSOVO

KYRGYZ REPUBLIC

LAO PDR

LEBANON

LESOTHO

LIBERIA

LIBYA

MADAGASCAR

MALAWI

MALDIVES

MALI

MARSHALL ISLANDS

MAURITANIA

MICRONESIA, FED. STS.

MONGOLIA

MOROCCO

MOZAMBIQUE

MYANMAR

NEPAL

NICARAGUA

NIGER

NIGERIA

PAKISTAN

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

PHILIPPINES

RWANDA

SAMOA

SÃO TOMÉ AND PRINCIPE

SENEGAL

SIERRA LEONE

SOLOMON ISLANDS

SOMALIA

SOUTH SUDAN

SRI LANKA

ST LUCIA

ST VINCENT

SUDAN

SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC

TAJIKISTAN

TANZANIA

TIMOR-LESTE

TOGO

TONGA

TUNISIA

TUVALU

UGANDA

UKRAINE

UZBEKISTAN

VANUATU

VENEZUELA

VIETNAM

WEST BANK AND GAZA

YEMEN, REPUBLIC OF

ZAMBIA

ZIMBABWE

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Subject to available funding, JJWBGSP offers scholarships for 26 Participating Programs at universities in U.S., Europe, Africa, Oceania and Japan in key areas of development, including economic policy management, tax policy, and infrastructure management. Please note that if you are not admitted to one of these 26 programs, you are not eligible to apply for a JJWBGSP Scholarship in 2022.

To accommodate the academic calendar of the JJWBGSP Participating Programs, the next application process will be organized in two rounds. Currently open is the Application Window #2 From March 29, 2022 to May 27, 2022 at noon Washington time.

JJWBGSP PARTICIPATING PROGRAMS 2022–2024 — APPLICATION WINDOW #2

 

1. Australian National University
Master of Climate Change
Master of Environmental and Resource Economics
Master of Environmental Management and Development
Master of Public Policy
2. Brandeis University — The Heller School
Master of Arts in Sustainable International Development
Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence
Master of Science in Global Health Policy and Management
3. Columbia – School of International and Public Affairs
MPA in Development Practice
Master of Public Administration
4. Erasmus University Rotterdam-IHS
Master of Urban Management and Development
5. Harvard – Kennedy School of Government
Master of Public Administration in International Development
6. IHE Delft Institute
MSc in Water and Sustainable Development
7. Keio University
 Master in Taxation Policy and Management
8. National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) 
Tax Course of the Public Finance Program
9. Saitama University
International Graduate Program on Civil and Environmental Engineering
10. SOAS University of London
MSc International Finance and Development
11. Stanford University
Master in International Policy
12. University of California-Berkeley
Master of Development Practice
13. Université Clermont-Auvergne – FERDI
Master in Economic Policy Management
14.  University of Leeds
Master of Public Health (International)
15. University of Oxford 
Blavatnik School of Government: Master of Public Policy
Department of International Development: MSc in Refugees and Forced Migration Studies
16. University of Sussex
MA Environment, Development and Policy
MA Food and Development
MSc Climate Change, Development and Policy
MA Migration and Global Development
17. University of Tokyo
Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP):  Master of Public Policy, International Program
Graduate School of Agriculture and Life Science: International Program on Agricultural Development Studies
18. University of Tsukuba
Master’s Program in Economic and Public Policy
19. Williams College
Master of Art in Policy Economics
20. Yokohama National University
Infrastructure Management Program

 

After earning their degree, developing country scholars commit to return to their home country to use their new skills and contribute to their countries’ social and economic development.

A JJWBGSP scholarship provides tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance. View a detailed list of benefits.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

Details on Eligibility Criteria for each call for applications are provided in that call’s Application Guidelines, and these detailed eligibility criteria are strictly adhered to. No exceptions are made.

Broadly speaking, Developing Country nationals must:

– Be a national of a World Bank member developing country on this list;

– Not hold dual citizenship of any developed country;

– Be in good health;

– Hold a Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree earned at least 3 years prior to the Application Deadline date;

– Have 3 years or more of recent development-related work experience after earning a Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree;

– Be employed in development-related work in a paid full- time position at the time of submitting the scholarship application. Have at least 3 years of paid development-related employment since earning a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent university degree) and acquired within the past 6 years from the date of the Application Deadline. Please see FAQs on how to count qualified part time employment toward this 3-year requirement. Please see Annex 2 of the Application Guidelines for a suggested list of development-related topics. The only exception to this criterion is for developing country nationals from a country that is on the list of Fragile and Conflict States featured in Annex 3 of the Application Guidelines. In these exceptional cases, we do take into consideration the limited employment opportunities in those countries listed in Annex 3.

– On or before the Scholarship Application Deadline date, be admitted unconditionally (except for funding) for the upcoming academic year to at least one of the JJ/WBGSP participating master’s programs located outside of the applicant’s country of citizenship and country of residence listed at the time the call for scholarship applications opens. The letter of admission must be uploaded before submitting your application. For details, see “How to Apply”.

– Not be an Executive Director, his/her alternate, and/or staff of any type of appointment of the World Bank Group or a close relative of the aforementioned by blood or adoption with the term “close relative” defined as: Mother, Father, Sister, Half-sister, Brother, Half-brother, Son, Daughter, Aunt, Uncle, Niece, or Nephew.

 

Please note: All eligibility criteria are strictly adhered to. No exceptions are made. Eligibility criteria WILL NOT change during an open call for applications. However, this information is subject to change between the close of one application process and the opening of the next.

Apply HERE

Navigating the Online Application Form 2022 HERE

Application Guidelines HERE

FAQs HERE

Selection Process

The JJ/WBGSP uses the following process to review eligible scholarship applications from developing country nationals, with the aim of identifying the candidates with the highest potential, after completion of their graduate studies, to impact the development of their countries.

Two qualified assessors independently review each eligible application and score the application on a scale of 1 to 10, taking into account four main factors and the degree of cohesion among them:

The JJ/WBGSP uses the following process to review eligible scholarship applications from developing country nationals, with the aim of identifying the candidates with the highest potential, after completion of their graduate studies, to impact the development of their countries.

Two qualified assessors independently review each eligible application and score the application on a scale of 1 to 10, taking into account four main factors and the degree of cohesion among them:

– Quality of Professional Experience (30% weight)

– Quality of Professional Recommendations (30% weight)

– Quality of Commitment to your Home Country (30% weight)

– Quality of Education Background (10% weight)

The JJ/WBGSP Secretariat uses the average score of the two assessors and the following criteria to select the finalists:

– Maintaining a reasonably wide geographical distribution of awards

– Maintaining a reasonable distribution of awards across gender

– Unusual circumstances/hardships, when assessing the employment experience and other aspects of an application;

– Giving scholarships to those applicants who, other things being equal, have limited access to financial resources for graduate studies abroad.

The JJWBGSP Secretariat presents the finalists for the Participating Program scholarship to the JJ/WBG Steering Committee (composed of members of the World Bank Board of Directors and WB management) for approval. Winners are notified soon after the JJWBG Steering Committee approval.

SCHOLARSHIP BENEFITS

The JJ/WBGSP scholarship provides the recipient with the following benefits:

– Economy class air travel between your home country and the host university at the start of your study program and immediately following the end of the scholarship period. In addition to the two-way air travel, scholars will receive a US $500 travel allowance for each trip;

– Tuition for your graduate program and the cost of basic medical insurance obtained through the university.

– While on campus during the scholarship period, a monthly subsistence allowance to cover all living expenses (accommodations, food, etc., including books). The amount of the allowance varies depending on the host country.

Please note all JJ/WBGSP scholarships cover the duration of the graduate program or two years, whichever is less.

The JJ/WBGSP scholarship does not cover:

– VISA application(s) costs

– Expenses to bring and/or support a scholar’s family members;

– Extra-curricular courses or training;

– Courses that do not meet the minimum credits required to earn the graduate degree;

– Language training not provided by the graduate program;

– Additional travel during the course of the study program;

– Expenses related to research, supplementary educational materials, field trips, participation in workshops/seminars, or internships; or

– Educational equipment such as computers.

– Resident permit fee

Note: The JJ/WBGSP scholarship may only supplement, and does not duplicate, any other source of financial support/fellowship you might have. If you are notified to be a semi-finalist or if you are awarded a scholarship, you must inform and document to the JJ/WBGSP at that time if you have other sources of scholarship funds.

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